NBA playoff tracker: Chris Paul, Suns surge ahead to take Game 1 over Nuggets


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Welcome to the Yahoo Sports NBA playoff tracker, your daily one-stop shop for all the latest game results from each NBA playoff series. Here’s a look at Monday’s games.

Chris Paul’s shoulder injury is clearly a thing of the past.

Paul led the Phoenix Suns to a commanding 122-105 win over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night behind a massive fourth quarter performance, which gave them a 1-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinals series.

Chris Paul, Suns surge in 4th quarter

The two teams battled back and forth through the first half, and Denver went into the break with just a one-point lead.

The Suns finally found a way to shut Denver’s offense down in the third quarter, however, and took full advantage. Phoenix closed out the third on a huge 25-7 run to take a slight nine-point lead headed into the final period.

The Suns kept the Nuggets scoreless into the first two minutes of the fourth quarter, too, and pushed their lead to 15 after a pair of huge buckets from Chris Paul.